juliepoudrier Posted July 18, 2002 Report Share Posted July 18, 2002 Hi all, I did a search on the topic and didn't find a whole lot, but I know there are some of you out there who use alternative methods so here's a scenario/question for you. Here's the problem: My dog has since about April had a tendency to quit out on the trial field. Only once was this so bad that I had to retire him. The other times I managed to "beg" him through the course. After the incident in April, he was diagnosed with a bad UTI and treated. He did seem perkier for a bit and then went back to quitting on the trial field (but not necessarily at home). I had a recheck this week and once again a significant amount of blood was found in his urine. He is being treated for that now. The vet also X-rayed to see if any stones were present. Well, he didn't see any stones, but we had a nice view of Boy's spine and he has some serious arthritis (spondylosis) in several of his vertebrae, including rather long spurs on the lower side. I have not seen any obvious pain indications from Boy, although in hindsight I can say that when he's on the bed (and, no, I don't want any comments on the appropriateness of allowing a dog on the bed)--a rather tall antique bed--he's very hesitant to get off and lands with a loud "oomph" or grunt (as oppposed to Willow who sails right off). And he is on glucosamine because of very occasional lameness on his front end (not noted since he's been on the supplement). I should also say that Boy has had bloodwork done (normal profile) and a Lyme test but not a full tick panel. So, does anyone have any thoughts as to whether his back could be causing him enough pain to cause him to quit at trials but not necessarily at home (maybe because of much longer hours being crated while travelling and trialling)? Could he have enough pain to affect his performance but me not noticehe's in pain (excpet for his altered behavior at trials)? And if I can't tellfor sure that he's in pain then how do I go about treating his condition? I spoke with someone whose dog had a disc problem (I think) and she said she had similar problems on the trial field when he injurd himself. But she is apparently able to tell when he is sore. She used a chiropractor, acupuncture, and maybe Adequan and had significant improvement. So does anyone have any thoughts as to whether it's worth pursuing chiropractic or acupuncture with a dog who has vague symptoms of not being himself and just happens to show some serious arthritis in an X-ray (I've already received a couple or recommendations for a person who can do this, so I don't need that sort of thing--rather I'm wondering how I would know if I need her services and how I'll know if the dog has actually improved)? By the way, I am also discussing this with my vet, but I thought I'd pick your brains as well because sometimes I think vets don't consider differences between working dogs and pets (as in many working dogs will work through pain, etc.). Thanks for any comments or suggestions. J. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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